Emerald Ash Borer found in Waushara County

Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in five new Wisconsin counties, including Waushara County, with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection qua-rantining all five.

The other new counties confirmed with EAB include Chippewa, Green Lake, Marinette, Waupaca. In Waushara County, an adult EAB was collected from a trap in the right of way along Beechnut Avenue, just west of County Road V in the Town of Deerfield.

The Chippewa County infestation was discovered by a homeowner on private property where trees were dying. The other four were finds in monitoring traps set by the USDA-APHIS and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

“These new finds fill in the map for the southern two-thirds of the state, and add to the checkerboard of quarantined counties in the north,” said Brian Kuhn, plant industry bureau director with DATCP.

“However, many of the quarantined counties are not generally infested. This is a pest that’s largely been spread by humans. People still need to use certified firewood that has been treated or seasoned to ensure it’s not infested with live pests. If they use uncertified firewood, they should burn it where they buy it, and not move it even within quarantined areas. That will help slow the spread of EAB and the many other pests that firewood could carry.”

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